A new test developed by scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico can potentially alter what we know about the nuclear tests done as a part of the Manhattan Project.
On the latest episode of Manhattan, the physicists assigned to developing the gun model design for the atomic bomb hit a major obstacle that threatens to sink the gun model for good. It’s a dilemma ripped straight from the history books, along with the eventual solution.
A newly declassified document obtained by a nuclear historian reveals that the Manhattan Project scientists who designed and detonated the first atomic bomb estimated that 10 to 100 enhanced "superbombs" would produce enough atmospheric radiation to wipe out the human race.
Today the Senate passed a bill that will create three National Parks sites to commemorate the Manhattan Project, the World War II program that gave us the atomic bomb.
Bonhams auction house is gearing up for a big "History of Science" sale on October 22. Among the many intriguing lots is a slab of unique glass used during one of the darkest scientific pursuits we've ever embarked upon: The Manhattan Project. But don't worry. It's not radioactive.
The World War II program to develop an atomic bomb was the largest secret project ever undertaken by the U.S. government. But newly-declassified documents reveal how it hard it was to keep things secret as the weapon neared completion. Information leaks were everywhere, even in church sermons.
Here's a collection of rare historical photos from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, a town established by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1942 on an isolated farm. It was a secret location that became one of the most significant sites of the Manhattan Project.
During the 1940s, the denizens of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, worked for the Manhattan Project, developing atomic weapons in their government-owned city. They went about their daily lives in the shadows of billboards exhorting them not only to support the war effort, but also to keep quiet about their jobs.
The Department Of Energy posted 21 photos onto its Flickr page a few weeks ago about Chicago Pile-1, the site of the first human-made, self-sustaining nuclear reaction, located in Chicago.
What would you do if your boss handed you a mysterious box and said that if anything weird started happening with it, to just ditch the thing and run as fast as you can? Well that's exactly what happened to a poor courier working for the Manhattan Project back in the 1940s — a courier who, as it turns out, was…
The U.S. Dept. of Energy has big plans. They want batteries that are five times more powerful than what we've got today, and they want them to be five times cheaper. All that in just five years. It's a tall order, but they've got a plan: recreate the Manhattan Project.
Klaus Fuchs was just one of the many eccentrics chosen to work on the Manhattan Project. People remembered him as being serious, quiet, and earnest. He was also a spy — whose eventual capture lead to both the Red Scare and the arrest of the Rosenbergs.
In 1942, the US government acquired the town of Oak Ridge in eastern Tennessee. From then on, Oak Ridge was just like any other town — except for the fences, the guards, and the top-secret uranium separating facility.
When we reflect on iconic images of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and their nuclear devastation, one of the first to come to mind is inevitably a mushroom cloud.
The Manhattan Project is among the most significant events in world history. There were those who came and went in the quest to create the first atomic bomb, but only one physicist quit for moral reasons: Józef Rotblat.
When the nuclear bomb was being developed, no detonator precise or reliable enough to set it off existed. So, researchers at Los Alamos National Labs built one that was and dubbed it the Exploding-Bridgewire Detonator.
The Roswell crash is the Holy Grail of American conspiracy-theory folklore, but what if the little grey men were actually little grey Russians in Nazi-designed aircraft? Somehow, that still isn't the craziest theory out there. Area 51 by Annie Jacobsen explains.
John Coster-Mullen drives trucks for a living in Wisconsin. His high school teacher had been a scientist on the Manhattan Project. While the two diverged professionally, their passions eventually aligned—nuclear bombs.
This cable is "used to detonate the charges in atomic bombs. It's perfectly legal to own these. They're relics from the atomic bomb development at Los Alamos National Laboratory." Only $5 at the Black Hole shop, in Los Alamos, NM.